by Andrew Sacher

Speedy Ortiz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 4/11/13
Speedy Ortiz

Northampton, MA's Speedy Ortiz, who we profiled earlier this year after the release of their very solid Sports EP, are following that with a new 7" on April 30 via Inflated Records. The two tracks on the 7" -- "Ka-Prow!" and "Hexxy" -- were produced by Justin Pizzoferrato who also just produced the Chelsea Light Moving album (Speedy Ortiz have also toured with CLM and currently reside in the same city as Thurston), and their sound works really well with the type of guitar tones that Justin got on the CLM album. You can stream "Ka-Prow!" below and pre-order the 7".

I caught Speedy Ortiz in NYC last night (4/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where they were opening for Marnie Stern and Talk Normal. They're the real deal live, and for a band that you'll usually see in more DIY venues (though maybe not for much longer), they sounded great in a room like MHOW. They do a lot of the loud-quiet-loud thing, and when it's loud, it's loud, with guitarist Matt Robidoux usually attacking his guitar or rubbing the fretboard against whatever he can find on stage. And from the little math rock tendencies they sometimes work in, it's clear that they're all great players too.

Speedy Ortiz have a number of other shows coming up, including some in NYC like the W-BAR-B-Q at Barnard College on April 27 with Waxahatchee, Swearin', Roomrunner, Twin Sister, and others (free). That same day, they'll play a Brooklyn's Shea Stadium with Aye Nako (whose new album comes out soon) and Big Ups (who L Magazine says you need to hear). They also play Silent Barn on May 17, Cake Shop on May 31 with Sleepies, and will be in NYC for Northside Festival.

All dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

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Speedy Ortiz - "Ka-Prow!"

Speedy Ortiz -- 2013 Tour Dates
4/14: the sinclair (cambridge, ma) w/ pissed jeans, cottaging
4/18: suny purchase (purchase, ny) w/ lvl up, suns, nude dudes, lawns
4/19: il motore (montreal, qc) w/ the this many boyfriends club
4/20: pressed (ottawa, on) w/ ashleys
4/21: the shop under parts & labour (toronto, on)
4/22: homegrown hamilton (hamilton, on)
4/23: the garden bowl (detroit, mi) w/ young squares
4/24: secret daytime bbq (lansing, il) w/ carbon leak, empty isle
4/24: subterranean (chicago, il) w/ geronimo!, kangaroo
4/25: the chameleon (cincinnati, oh) w/ weakness, tweens
4/26: 222 ormsby (pittsburgh, pa) w/ legs like tree trunks, ribbons
4/27: wbarbq @ barnard college (new york, ny)
4/27: shea stadium (brooklyn, ny) w/ aye nako, big ups
4/28: zinefest/ladyfest @ the flywheel (easthampton, ma) w/ potty mouth, starvation dance, boy toy
5/08: wesleyan university (middletown, ct)
5/11: waking windows festival (winooski, vt)
5/16: great scott (allston, ma)
5/17: silent barn (brooklyn, ny)
5/31: cake shop (new york, ny)
6/06: the thing in the spring festival (peterborough, nh)
6/15: northside festival (brooklyn, ny)